Remote places ‘not immune’ from virus, warns MSP

Highlands and Islands Conservative MSP Donald Cameron. NO-F05-Donald-Cameron.jpg
Highlands and Islands Conservative MSP Donald Cameron

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Local people cannot afford to relax their guard during the coronavirus pandemic, Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has urged.

The hospitalisation of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday night and the rise in COVID-19 related deaths in Scotland on Tuesday showed that no one should regard themselves as safe, whoever they are or wherever they live, he said.

Scotland recorded 74 more deaths in the last 24 hours after figures from the weekend were added to the numbers. It has brought the total number of people in Scotland having lost their lives to coronavirus to 296.

A further 1,751 people are in hospital with 199 in intensive care.

Mr Cameron said: ‘Being resident in the Highlands and Islands, even in the most remote communities, does not confer protection. There is no cordon sanitaire lying between us and the rest of the country.

‘The sun may be shining outside, but we must keep up our guard and continue to stringently follow the guidance from the government.’

‘Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives,’ he said.

The Scottish Government said today that 25,022 people in Scotland have been tested for coronavirus so far. Of these, 20,793 tests were negative and 4,229 were positive.

The number of people in the UK to have died stands at 6,159.

Of the cases across Scotland, those testing positive included:

Ayrshire and Arran 296

Borders 149

Dumfries and Galloway 152

Fife 239

Forth Valley 243

Grampian 210

Greater Glasgow and Clyde 1,094

Highland 112

Lanarkshire 547

Lothian 621

Orkney 4

Shetland 42

Tayside 516

Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 4